Garden inspired Food

heard everyone should have a signature chicken recipe. But wait, the non-cook in me thinks that the $5 one at Safeway is pretty dang good and easy. Convince me otherwise I’ll just dress it up with sides… or give me a really easy recipe and I’ll try it ;)

But, I started seeing some super cute food on Pinterest and I want to make these garden inspired plates! Right now I have some go-to recipes but they are nothing to brag about or something I can’t wait to bring to someone else’s home. Pot lucks? I’m so embarrassed I just go through the McDonald’s drive-thru and I bring fries! It’s always a hit *wink*

Back to what I was saying, I would love to make these by the end of summer, some pretty garden inspired sides! If you have any tips let me know!

Garden Focaccia

This one I want to master and present like I’m an artist! The only thing is, I just want to buy ready made focaccia bread, is this possible? Help! I am THAT lazy – I just want to be the artist :)

garden focaccia bread
Recipe by Diane Morrisey 

Nettle, Pioppino Mushroom, and Pansy Focaccia by Must Love Herbs

Herb Garden Focaccia by Must Love Herbs

Flower Bruschetta

garden inspired flower bruschetta Image via Pinterest here


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bakery bread (consider a loaf with full garlic mix chunks baked in)
  • Chives
  • Spinach or basil for the leaves

And a spread! Whipped chive cream cheese but you can make your own blend with cream cheese and herbs. Someone suggested artichoke dip.

Mozzarella and Tomato Ladybugs

Recipe from Salty Side Dish, so cute!!


  • 1 package, 8 ounces, sliced mozzarella cheese log
  • 7 cherry tomatoes (more if you are making a larger plate)
  • black olives
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar for the dots (she used something else)

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Diana Elizabeth still has some home projects going on…it will never stop and that just keeps her busy. So that also means, room reveals for posts soon!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


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